Thursday, March 26, 2015

Budget Bathing Suits


Yesterday was 45 degrees and rainy, so instead of doing much work I decided to spend the day planning for sunnier days aka summer aka a million years from now apparently. Step 1: find a bathing suit. Every season I buy one bottom and/or one top at Target because, well, Target bathing suits. However I recently discovered Asos (thanks Charisse!) dresses which led to Asos bathing suits which led to me realizing that other places make affordable bathing suits that fit! What!

Random sidenote: when I was looking for honeymoon bathing suits I was like hey I should get all bridal and get a white bathing suit! But on my budget I'm not about to buy a bathing suit I can't wear more than once, and I had this kind of sad/weird realization: I don't really think there's ever going to be a point in life again in which I will be tan enough for a white bathing suit because, well I'm a grown up. It seems like a small thing, but high school and college Lindsay tanned for sport in the summers. Confession: in college I may or may not have scheduled classes around prime rays (shout out to the other sun worshippers who know that's 11 am - 1 pm!). (I hate college Lindsay too.) When I went to the pool or beach I'd wear SPF 8 suncreen (with tanning oil) for like 1 day and then go sans-sunscreen the rest of the season. These days, a much more aware Lindsay wears SPF 30-45 AT MINIMUM. Never anything less because I'll be damned if I'm spending half my paycheck every month on organic food to ensure a long healthy life and then end up with freaking skin cancer because I wanted to look like I stayed on the grill 10 minutes too long. And also that whole full-time job thing prevents me from basking in the prime rays on the reg. So basically bathing suit shopping led me to a realization that, even though I generally feel like a child in a suit, I am in fact growing up. Anyway.

Onto the bathing suits, here some of my favorites, I love all the different shapes and styles (and price tags):

Can we talk about one-pieces? I've seen them everywhere, and they're not our mama's one pieces either. I don't know if I could pull some of these off but I love them:


$26 from ChicNova (real question: do you wear double sided tape with this?)






$70 from Asos (I may just leave my price range and my comfort zone for this one)


Let's talk about Asos really quick: free (2 day) shipping, free returns, extremely good prices, extremely cool clothes. I ordered 7 white dresses from Asos for my rehearsal dinner, tried them on, picked one, put the rest in the return envelope, and dropped them in the mail dropbox down the street from my house. It is too easy. And too cheap. And too great of clothes. Asos Curve is their plus size line that is off the charts (bathing suits too!). I'm not getting paid by them to talk about them, I just want everyone to know because when I got my first order from them I was like WHY didn't anyone tell me about this? And my friend Charisse was like I HAVE been telling you about this and I was like WHY don't I listen the first time?

Also - Target has lowered their free shipping minuimum to $25, and you now have 365 days to return some items. While all of this is exciting, it is extremely dangerous for my online shopping habit which seems to be spinning out of control.

Where do you find affordable bathing suits?

17 comments:

  1. I think my bathing suit from last year should still be good for this year - but, getting a cool looking one piece is REALLY enticing.

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  2. I love all your swimsuit picks!!! I am not super happy about swim suit season because I am not where I want to be so a plain black on that sucks me in is going to be my only option this season. I may pull of my navy striped tankini I had last year too. Sigh.

    I used to frequent the tanning beds in college. Never again! Hello tan in a bottle!

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  3. Laying out during college summers was the best!! Being a grown up is hard, especially when you move to Wyoming and realize that there are zero outdoor pools because summer is approximately 6 weeks long. Ugh... So sad. These suits are great! At those prices, could probably afford to get one even if I can only use it once a year!

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  4. Stop it with this gorgeous suits that are so affordable!! Absolutely love all of them! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. Wow, these are amazing prices! So cute, and so affordable!

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  7. Who knew Asos sold bathing suits?! And such great prices and styles! I'll admit I've become a bit bougie as I've gotten older and go straight for VS (at least for the tops) because they seem to hold their shape longer, and I like the pushup, but I may have to expand my horizons!

    And good luck to Harrison! I put in my vote- hope he wins!!

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  8. I am in need of a new suit this year, the mint one is really cute. I tend to hit Target but wasn't impressed with them last year.

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  9. i am all for saving some $ when it comes to bathing suits, so i appreciated these picks! happy friday

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  10. I freaking love Target. I splurged a few years ago on a Victoria's Secret bathing suit, and it looked terrible. Cheap for the win. I have been trying to avoid looking at bathing suits until after the 2nd surgery/stage of my double mastectomy, but I can't wait to show those puppies off in some pretty new suits! i LOVE the mint fringe suit. Oh my gosh, Spring Break 2001, super tan, bleach blonde hair, white bathing suit. These days it's natural blonde hair, pale like Casper, huge sun hat, cover up, SPF 75. LOL

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  11. I'm an absolute bathing suit junky! As a matter of fact, I'm feeling like I need a couple of newbies in my drawers. I've always said I'm a lizard... I love love LOVE being in the sun! I try to be smart about the sunscreen though because letzbehonest... My 26/27 year old skin isn't going to bounce back as nicely as my 16/17 year old skin did. LOL!

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  12. Congratulations to Harrison! That is really, really exciting! Happy for you guys!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  13. I love the pink one (if it were black) and the blue whole suit is super cute as well!

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  14. Nice and affordable swimwear. Swimsuits Direct has also affordable swimwear (bikini, tankini, one piece swimsuit, bathing suit ) or whatever you want we have it all. Check it out and enjoy shopping!


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  15. i saw your post. I think my bathing suits from last year should still be good for this year. It's really such a good price. This bathing suits is so nice. And thanks for sharing this bathing suits post. I am waiting for your bathing suits's new another post .

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